Frames by Us That Will Blow Your MIND

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company to spotlight new frames inspired by historical designs, gilded and hand-decorated by our shop’s craftsmen.

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company is one of a few picture framing studios in the Midwest that offers handmade, hand-gilded, and hand-decorated frames made from locally milled wood. During the month of September, our gallery will feature new frames made from original and historical designs as well as a restored antique frame from our collection.

Examples on view will demonstrate many traditional techniques used for decorating picture frames.  These include gilding with 24K gold leaf and 12K white gold leaf, carving, sgraffito, granito, and compo ornaments.  Also included will be more modern designs which are less decorative with the focus on form and surface such as wood grain, metal leaf, or other laminate.  “Gordy Framing has a long history of reproducing historical designs, creating original designs, and offering museum quality work restoring antique frames,” said owner Carl Schafer.  “We are carrying on the tradition and adding to the portfolio established by Brian Gordy, the company’s founder.”  On view will be frames inspired by Dutch and Italian renaissance styles, 19th century French and American styles, the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, and contemporary American styles.

Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm. Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre.  For more information, visit or call 765-284-8422.


Aug 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer


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Charles Prendergast Inspired Gilded Keepsake Box

A fine gilded box inspired by early 20th century frame maker Charles Prendergast

A nearby corporate client recently called with a challenge that allowed our imaginations to jump the tracks. A beloved, longtime colleague was retiring, and they asked us to create a keepsake box that would contain handwritten memories and wishes from those she had worked with for many years.

Naturally, we applied techniques used when decorating frames. The design for the keepsake box was inspired by Charles Prendergast, who created highly-prized, original frames at the Carrig-Rohane frame shop that he co-founded in Boston in the early 20th century. Prendergast was a pioneer of the Arts and Crafts Movement that placed an emphasis on designs highlighting the human touch.

The keepsake box was water-gilded with 12K white gold after layers of red clay were applied underneath. We used a sharp stylus to scratch the design in the gold and through the clay. This process is called granito and is completed by rubbing gently through the gold so the red clay peeks through, especially along the scratch lines. Blue pigment was used to highlight the floral design.

We are grateful to those who entrusted us with this important job — what a great gift that could be used for so many occasions including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and graduations.